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Christopher Marks

Influences

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I wanted to create a list of all the things I’ve read or seen that have made a long-lasting impression and influenced how I think. Here’s that list:

 

Stuff on the web:

The Tail End (Wait But Why)

Seven Years (XKCD)

The First Human (SMBC)

Maybe Protons Do Exist (SMBC)

People Are Weird (SMBC)

We Also Walk Dogs (Robert A. Heinlein)

The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs (The Toast)

Holly Wood’s Twitter

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Twitter

“My first oil painting” (Anna Fusté)

“Marx predicted our current crisis and points the way out” (Yanis Varoufakis)

“The Science Behind the DEA’s Long War on Marijuana” (David Downs)

“Freedom in 704 Square Feet” (Sandy Keenan)

“The Curse of Credentialism” (James Kwak)

“If you’re so successful, why are you still working 70 hours a week?” (Laura Empson)

“Capitalism vs. Socialism” (The Onion)

“6 Broken Chips That Could Still Hold Salsa If You Just Gave Them A Chance” (Clickhole)

“Fuck It: Let’s Rank The Religions” (Clickhole)

Patrick Marleau returning to San Jose in a Toronto jersey

Hit it Back Monologue (Pete Holmes)

 

Songs: 

Time (Pink Floyd)

Family Business (Kanye West)

LITE SPOTS (KAYTRANADA)

I Really Don’t Care (Bilal)

3030 (Deltron 3030)

Vienna (Billy Joel)

Have Some Love (Childish Gambino)

Sunday Candy (Chance the Rapper)

Be [Intro] (Common)

Treat (Santana)

The Bird (Anderson Paak)

Beautiful Day (U2)

Wait for the Moment (Vulfpeck)

Other Side Of The Game (Erykah Badu)

Fat Old Sun (Pink Floyd)

Lovely Day (Bill Withers)

In My Life (The Beatles)

May-December (Mos Def)

Examination of What (Digable Planets)

Jazz [We’ve Got] (A Tribe Called Quest)

93 ’til Infinity (Souls of Mischief)

C.R.E.A.M. (Wu-Tang Clan)

Passin’ Me By (The Pharcyde)

Classic (Hieroglyphics)

The World Is Yours (Nas) 

I’m going to stop before I list every song I listen to.

 

Books:

The Tao of Pooh (Benjamin Hoff)

Little Brother (Cory Doctorow)

Homeland (Cory Doctorow)

Liar’s Poker (Michael Lewis)

The Big Short (Michael Lewis)

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (Michael Lewis)

Delivering Happiness (Tony Hsieh)

Zero to One (Peter Thiel)

The Hard Thing About Hard Things (Ben Horowitz)

Freakonomics & SuperFreakonomics (Stpehen J. Dubner & Steven Levit)

The Mystery of Capital (Hernando De Soto)

Capitalism and Freedom (Milton Friedman)

Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (Richard Thaler & Cass Sunstein)

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioural Economics (Richard Thaler)

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Making Comics (Scott McCloud)

 

If I remember to, I’ll update this as new things inspire me. What would you add to the list?